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Forced pooling is not mandatory swim practice

Forced pooling is not mandatory swim practice

Colorado law compels communities that own their mineral rights to lease them against their will. When James Sines shopped for homes in 2007, he thought he knew how to pick a neighborhood that would never be drilled for oil or gas. His nephew, a geologist, told Sines to ask the real estate agent showing a […]

FRACTURED, Part VI:  The Wall

FRACTURED, Part VI: The Wall

Greeley residents sue state oil and gas commission over neighborhood drilling rules. A group of homeowners in Greeley filed a lawsuit this morning in Denver District Court against the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), alleging that the state agency ignored its own rules in approving a 24-well site in their neighborhood. The lawsuit, […]

FRACTURED, Part V: Trouble in Triple Creek

FRACTURED, Part V: Trouble in Triple Creek

Colorado’s new rules fail to protect neighborhood residents from the impacts of oil and gas drilling. It was Sept. 27, and the room was game-day tense. Greeley residents Lowell Lewis, Nelly Morales and Dawn Stein sat near the lawyer representing their neighborhood group at a meeting with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). […]


FRACTURED, Part IV: Why it took years to shut down Texas Tea

FRACTURED, Part IV: Why it took years to shut down Texas Tea

How one oil and gas company ran afoul of Colorado regulators, and what it tells us about how the energy industry is – and isn’t – held to account. Photos of a Texas Tea well in Brighton from 2012 and 2016 show that no action was taken by Texas Tea to clean up its mess. […]

FRACTURED, Part III: Why Colorado’s anti-fracking measures didn’t make the ballot

FRACTURED, Part III: Why Colorado’s anti-fracking measures didn’t make the ballot

The fractivists were prepared for this. Before turning in the more than 200,000 ballot petition signatures they collected to qualify two anti-fracking measures for the November ballot, members of the Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking campaign took photographs of every single petition page. After Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ office announced last week […]

FRACTURED, Part II: The Making of a Fractivist

FRACTURED, Part II: The Making of a Fractivist

The stories of four Coloradans who found themselves in a battle they never expected. “Think before you ink.” “Decline to sign.” “This petition kills jobs!” In the final days before Monday’s deadline to submit signatures on two proposed fracking regulations, the energy industry has ramped up its efforts to keep them from reaching the November […]


FRACTURED, Part I: Who’s behind ‘decline to sign’ efforts?

FRACTURED, Part I: Who’s behind ‘decline to sign’ efforts?

Energy giants are pulling out all the stops to prevent anti-fracking initiatives from making the ballot.  The 30-second television ad reeks of ominous. A handheld camera shows a faceless young man with dark skin, wearing ratty cargo pants and wielding a pen, knocking on a front door with a petition in hand. “Professional signature gatherers […]

Every Drop Counts – Water efficiency in an uncertain future

Every Drop Counts – Water efficiency in an uncertain future

Produced for Trout Unlimited, Every Drop Counts examines ways ranchers can use water more efficiently in Colorado’s Upper Gunnison Basin. With ever increasing downstream demands from states sharing Colorado River water and growing Front Range communities, ranchers at the top of the watershed need to secure their water future by demonstrating efficient use of the […]

No Time to Waste – Working together for a secure water future

No Time to Waste – Working together for a secure water future

A group of farmers in the Gunnison Valley, CO are finding and promoting new ways to conserve water. With growing downstream demand for water, water security is a topic on every irrigator’s mind. Produced for Trout Unlimited.


Our Native Tongue

Our Native Tongue

The Northern Cheyenne are opposing a proposed railroad that would cut through their ancestral lands to haul Montana coal to the Pacific coast for export. Our Native Tongue reports on the Cheyenne’s fight against the railroad and the extraordinary coalition of tribal people and ranchers who have joined together to stop the project.

Putting up the Fish – A Salmon Tradition at Risk

Putting up the Fish – A Salmon Tradition at Risk

Nondalton, Alaska is a traditional Athabascan village whose residents have lived off the land for 10,000 years.  June Tracey tells us about fish camp, the places each year Nondalton residents go to “put up their fish.” The annual salmon run is central to the native culture and diet, but a looming threat could bring an […]

In the Heart of Alaska's Salmon Stronghold

In the Heart of Alaska’s Salmon Stronghold

The fishing village of Nondalton, Alaska sits 14 miles away from the proposed Pebble Mine site.  Water from the site migrates into the lakes and streams surrounding the village, supporting the millions of sockeye salmon that spawn in the area and the natives that live off the fish.  The residents worry that a mine in […]


Lost in Migration – Copper's Threat to Alaska's Salmon

Lost in Migration – Copper’s Threat to Alaska’s Salmon

New science is pointing to a dark future for the Bristol Bay salmon if the controversial Pebble copper mine is developed.  This video looks at the effects a massive mine development would have on salmon in Bristol Bay’s most productive sockeye spawning rivers.  What science has uncovered are the effects of minute amounts of copper […]

Voices of the Fraser River – A Colorado valley fights for its river

Voices of the Fraser River – A Colorado valley fights for its river

Voices of the Fraser River presents six diverse voices describing the importance of keeping Colorado’s Fraser River flowing and healthy.  Denver wants this water and the residents of the Fraser Valley want Denver to hear their stories.  The Fraser River flows through Winter Park and is one of the main tributaries to the Upper Colorado […]

Return of the American Bison

Return of the American Bison

On March 19, 2012, 63 genetically-pure Yellowstone bison were rounded up in a holding facility near Yellowstone National Park and relocated to the Fort Peck Sioux and Assiniboine reservation in northeast Montana.  For the first time in more than 100 years, pure wild bison returned to their historic range.  For the Native people it was […]


Tapped Out – The Upper Colorado on the Brink

Tapped Out – The Upper Colorado on the Brink

Tapped Out – The Upper Colorado on the Brink

In Colorado, most of the population in Denver and other Front Range cities rely on water diverted through pipelines and tunnels from the Upper Colorado River on the west side of the Continental Divide. Today, most of that water is used to water lawns and gardens. Two new diversions are planned, which will siphon up to 80 percent of the Upper Colorado’s waters. Explore the dilemma of how to provide water to millions without killing the West’s most storied river.

Still Howling Wolf

Still Howling Wolf

Since the reintroduction of the gray wolf into the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, people from around the region have had to learn to live with this predator. Hear from those who live closest to the wolf to see what it’s like to come to terms with canis lupus.

Teton Canyon – A Wild Legacy at Risk

Teton Canyon – A Wild Legacy at Risk

In 1976, a controversial dam on Idaho’s Teton River failed spectacularly, flooding downstream cities and killing 11 people. Three decades later, plans to rebuild the dam have met with stiff resistance from an unusual collection of opponents. Take a trip down this wild river with The Story Group and witness the gorgeous canyon that people want to preserve.


Plight of the Pronghorn

Plight of the Pronghorn

A herd of pronghorn, North America’s fastest land animal, migrates from Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park into the Upper Green River Valley each year, the longest terrestrial migration in the lower 48. An explosion of natural gas development threatens this ancient migration corridor – and has spurred efforts to preserve it.

The Blue Nile's Bridge to Hope

The Blue Nile’s Bridge to Hope

In Ethiopia, villagers living above the Blue Nile River gorge were cut off from roads, towns, school and markets by the raging river. An ancient footbridge with a storied past had been broken for decades, until Ken Frantz and his group Bridges to Prosperity built a new footbridge — and improved the lives of thousands […]